I have been a patient of Dr. Phon's at the Audiology Center of St. Peters for over 18 years. The knowledge, care and treatment I receive is always professional and without question the best in the St. Louis Area. He has made wearing hearing aids a very simple process for me. The support staff at the Audiology Center has been very helpful in filing insurance claims for me.

- Lassie Uhlemeyer

About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in one's ability to hear.  It occurs when there is damage in one or more of the ear's three regions: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Damage can be temporary or permanent, and can cause mild to severe/profound hearing loss.

Hearing loss can affect all areas of one's life and can develop at any age. According to the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 3 in 10 people over age 60 have hearing loss
  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 41-59), or 14.6%, have a hearing problem
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40), or 7.4%, already have hearing loss

In addition, at least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems and it is estimated that 3 in 1,000 infants are born with serious to profound hearing loss. Infants and children should be tested for hearing impairment to ensure learning, social skills and communication can develop properly throughout their lifetime.

Effects of Hearing Loss

At work, at school and at home, hearing loss creates not only communication barriers, but can risk your safety. Unfortunately, many adults don't realize they have a hearing problem until confronted by family or friends.  They often experience emotional setbacks like sadness and depression, social anxiety and a feeling of isolation.  In addition, studies also show that those with hearing loss also experience a decrease in income!

Common Causes of Hearing Loss

Problems that occur in the outer ear are usually a result of earwax build up or an infection of the ear canal. Problems within the middle ear include perforation of the eardrum, infection or fluid and can often be treated with medication or surgery. The majority of hearing problems result from damage to the inner ear and are typically due to aging, exposure to noise and head injuries.

Temporary Hearing Damage and Prevention of Hearing Loss

Temporary hearing damage is the easiest type of hearing loss to treat and prevent. Temporary damage to one’s ability to hear can be avoided by reducing exposure to loud noises, wearing ear plugs or other hearing protection, having your ears cleaned by your doctor and seeing a doctor when you suspect you have an ear infection or experience a sudden loss in hearing.  Left untreated, temporary hearing loss may become permanent and untreatable. Although permanent hearing loss is irreversible, hearing devices can improve how well you hear, communicate and function in society.

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